CI Week 2 Highlights

9/14/2020 Week 2 was closer to a normal fall football weekend as the NFL returned to action and the ACC, Big 12 and some C-USA programs kicked off their seasons as well. Coaches Inc.’s ACC coaches were especially successful, going 4-0 with wins from Miami RB Coach Eric Hickson (@CoachEHickson2), North Carolina Special Teams Coordinator/OLB Jovan Dewitt (@Coach_Dewitt), Georgia Tech DE/OLB Coach Marco Coleman (@MarcoColeman_GT) and Pittsburgh WR Coach Chris Beatty (@BeattyCoach). Keep reading for more highlights from this weekend’s games.
New Orleans spoils Tom Brady’s Buccaneers debut
In a year where the abnormal has become normal, one thing that remained perfectly constant in Week 1 of the NFL was Pete Carmichael’s offense putting up over 30 points. Last season, the Saints finished third in the league with over 28 points per game and were ninth in Total Offense. In Carmichael’s 15 years with the club, including 12 as offensive coordinator, New Orleans has led the NFL in Total Yards on six occasions and finished in the top ten in each of the previous 14 seasons. While Drew Brees has certainly contributed to these marks, the Saints have consistently found ways to get the most out of other offensive play makers. On Sunday, RB Alvin Kamara was the catalyst, catching five passes for 51 yards and one touchdown while adding another score on the ground. Kamara’s second score gave the hosts a 14-7 lead which they later extended to 24-7. While the Buccaneers pulled within seven points at 24-17 near the end of the third quarter, Brees connected with WR Emmanuel Sanders on a 5-yard pitch-and-catch to put the game away in the fourth. Congratulations to Carmichael on the win! Prior to arriving in New Orleans, Carmichael coached for the Chargers, Redskins and Browns at the pro level, as well as New Hampshire and Louisiana Tech on the college side.  
Georgia Tech upsets FSU with dynamic freshman QB Jeff Sims
One of the biggest fears for coaching staffs this season is the potential for individual position groups to be struck with multiple absences. That was the case for Georgia Tech DE/OLB Coach Marco Coleman, as the Yellow Jackets entered Saturday’s game versus the Seminoles down two defensive linemen. Fortunately for Georgia Tech, Curtis Ryans was not one of them. The redshirt sophomore lineman came up with the play of the game when he sacked Florida State QB James Blackman and forced a fumble that was recovered by LB David Curry. Four plays later, Georgia Tech kicker Jude Kelley converted a 32-yard field goal to give the Yellow Jackets a 16-13 lead midway through the fourth quarter. On the Seminoles’ ensuing possession, Ryans again forced a fumble from Blackman that DL Djimon Brooks recovered, effectively preserving the win for Tech. Congratulations to Coleman on the upset win! Before tutoring pass rushers, Coleman was an elite one in his own right for the Yellow Jackets, twice being named a First Team All-American, including in 1990 when he helped Georgia Tech win the national championship. He went on to play 14 seasons in the NFL and was inducted into the Georgia Tech Athletic Hall of Fame. He began his coaching career as a coaching fellow for the Philadelphia Eagles in 2017 and spent the 2018 campaign as the assistant defensive line coach for the Oakland Raiders.
Coastal Carolina defeats Kansas for the second straight year behind redshirt freshman QB
Last season, the Chanticleers stunned the Jayhawks, coming out on top in a defensive slugfest, 12-7. On Saturday night, Coastal pulled the upset once again, this time on the strength of a dynamic offense. After uncertainty about who would get the starting nod at quarterback, Grayson McCall got the call and did not disappoint. The redshirt freshman accounted for 200 yards of offense and all five of Coastal’s touchdowns in leading the Chants to a 38-23 win. RB C.J. Marable added 75 yards on 21 carries for Coastal Carolina Co-Offensive Coordinator/RB Newland Isaac (@coachisaacFB). Congratulations to Isaac on the win! Now in his third year with the program, Isaac was promoted to co-offensive coordinator last season after serving as the team’s running backs coach in 2018. He began his coaching career working with the running backs and slot receivers at North Greenville, where he helped the Crusaders win a national title in 2010. He went on to coach at Delta State, Charleston Southern and Albany State before arriving at CCU. In 2018, Isaac was selected to participate in the NCAA-NFL Coaches Academy.
Georgia Southern hangs on to beat Campbell, 27-26
In a matchup featuring Coaches Inc. coaches on both sidelines, Georgia Southern and Senior Defensive Analyst Brian Young (@coachbkyoung) held on to beat Campbell and Defensive Coordinator/LB Weston Glaser (@Coach_Glaser) in Statesboro, GA. Young was making his FBS debut after seven seasons as the defensive coordinator and defensive backs coach at Stetson, while Glaser was starting his third year at Campbell, second as full-time defensive coordinator. After the Camels took a 20-6 lead in the third quarter, the Eagles went on a 21-0 run to take a seven-point lead with 6:42 to play. Campbell scored a touchdown in the final seconds, but their pass on a two-point conversion for the win fell incomplete. Congratulations to Young and Glaser on one of the most thrilling games of the weekend. Young previously coached defensive backs at Cornell and also served as the defensive coordinator at Mississippi College. Glaser directed Campbell to the top of the Big South in Pass Defense for the second straight season in 2019 as four of his defensive players earned all-conference recognition. He spent the 2016-17 seasons as a defensive graduate assistant at Texas A&M and was selected to participate in the AFCA’s 35 Under 35 Coaches Leadership Institute after last season.

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